May 2019
MiSuite Project Update
The Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators is working hard to support and facilitate the collaboration of the unique and evolving work of Michigan’s intermediate school districts (ISDs) and the communities they serve. In March 2018, the MAISA Board acted to support MiSuite, a fully web based financial, human resources, and payroll system created  by  Michigan schools  for  Michigan schools. This unique collaboration is part of the Michigan Collaboration Hub, which means that it can save districts money because every dollar spent is reinvested back into the product!
 
MiSuite was created by an ISD web development team and guided by school business officials. This team is currently supporting 39 school districts in 11 counties, and serves more than 45,000 students. This regional solution has become a statewide collaborative project that any ISD can provide to their local districts. Support is always close to home and implementations can be done in as little as 6-8 weeks.
 
As ISDs lead the project forward, a statewide development team will continually be improving the product and a statewide advisory will be determining additional feature development. The product continually moves forward with new feature enhancements being added monthly at no additional cost. By working together as school technology leaders and school business leaders, we can truly achieve more for Michigan schools.
“I really appreciate MiSuite being web-based. When I'm out of the district I can log in to MiSuite and have up-to-date relevant information at any time. This equips me to speak intelligently about my district wherever I am.”
RJ Wiersema, Business Manager
Gull Lake Community Schools


“MiSuite offers the ability to download a template, populate it with our transactions, and upload it for review and processing. This is a fast and easy way to perform either complicated or frequently occurring transactions. We have found this operation greatly streamlines our accounting processes while at the same time reducing the chances for data entry errors.
Anne Flautt, CFO
Edwardsburg Public Schools
When you evaluate your ISD's future plans for finance, human resources, and payroll systems, please keep this solution in mind. If you would like to learn more about this high quality, cost effective and collaboratively developed system, please contact Nancy Swanson, MiSuite Project Manager at MAISA, at nswanson@gomasa.org  or 734-735-8356.
MiRead Deadline
Have you registered your district for MiRead? The deadline to register is June 1st by 5:00 pm. The last day to sign up for MiRead and use Title I or At-Risk funding from MDE is June 1st, 2019. The MiRead team is pleased to announce that MDE has confirmed that district licensing fees are an appropriate expenditure for At-Risk and/or Title I funding for districts that identify literacy as an area of need. The Department’s commitment to support literacy efforts at the local, regional, and statewide level are much appreciated.


With the June 1st deadline to sign up fast approaching, the approval from MDE is well-timed and affords much needed flexibility. If your district is considering using MiRead for the fall, please be sure to connect with your ISD about working together to implement MiRead. 

Implementation Timeline:
June 1, 2019
  • Completed registration form
  • License agreements electronically signed
  • MiDataHub SIS integration complete
June 15, 2019
  • Assessment integrations complete
  • MiStrategyBank committee work scheduled
June 30, 2019
  • Teacher training date set
  • Single Sign-On system configured and tested
August 10, 2019
  • MiStrategyBank work completed with strategies selected or created for all grades K-3 and all IRIP Reading Components

District Cost for 2019-2020 School Year:
  • There is a cost to operate MiRead – Our goal as an educational community is to share and minimize these expenses together.
  • Local District Purchase: $1.00 per-pupil (Fall 2018 k12 student count)
  • ISD payment on behalf of participating local districts: $.75 per-pupil (Fall 2018 k12 student count)
  • ISD-Wide payment for all LEAs & PSAs: $.50 per-pupil (Fall 2018 k12 student count)

Timeline, pricing, and other details are included in the MiRead Flyer .  Questions can be sent to thoag@gomasa.org .
Training: K-3 Literacy Essentials with Yearlong Support
June 19-20 or June 24-25, 2019
Location: Kellogg Center, East Lansing
Purpose:  Serving school teams in moving from awareness to implementation of the Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy, Grades K-3.

Description:  Join us to plan your literacy professional learning for the year. This 2-Day Institute is designed for school teams to enhance their ongoing professional learning around the Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy, Grades K-3. This is an exciting next step as we strive to support the real work happening in schools across Michigan.
Details:
  • Learn with researcher Dr. Nell K. Duke about the K-3 Literacy Essentials.
  • Develop/enhance the ongoing literacy professional learning plan for your school or district with guidance from Dr. Susan L’Allier.

Receive support throughout the 2019-20 school year through quarterly webinars with literacy and leadership researchers, online Q & A sessions with expert panels, collaborative networking and more.

More information and registration here:
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